Asheville Ballet Presents, "The Nutcracker"

Posted 12.1.12

Photo by ASHEVILLE BALLET

This winter, Clara will once again embark on a midnight trip to the land of Sweets where scary rats will try to frighten, good soldiers will perform rescues, and the Sugar Plum Fairy and her handsome Cavalier will dance their pas de deux. The Asheville Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker is classical ballet at its best.

Running December 7–9, with a special daytime school show on December 6, this Nutcracker production shares a direct connection with the choreography. Choreographer and teacher, Petipa and Vaganova, of the 19th Russian Kirov Ballet taught dancer/choreographer George Balanchine of the 20th century New York City Ballet and, in turn, his pupil was dancer/choreographer Ann Dunn of The Asheville Ballet.

 This year, Associate Artistic Director Lyle Laney has choreographed the performance, which welcomes many new adult professionals. Duncan Barnes will portray the slightly naughty Butler. Lindsey Kelley will head up the evil Rat Queen’s court. Meredith McCook will dance the Lead Marzipan. Jodi Taylor will join the party as a Ninja Doll. And Asheville will be privileged to enjoy Leelou Wisemyn as the delicate, breathtaking Sugar Plum Fairy, partnered by her Cavalier, Lyle Laney. The Sugar Plum Fairy Pas de Deux is the final triumph in a ballet full of triumphant moments: Waltz of the Flowers, Chinese, Russian, Arabian, Spanish, Marzipan, and of course the ever popular Mother Ginger, whose gigantic skirt opens to allow eight little bonbons to pop out and dance.

Students from studios all over Western North Carolina perform every year in The Asheville Ballet’s Nutcracker. This sort of collaboration is part of the company’s community-wide effort to unite local dancers.

The Asheville Ballet’s Nutcracker is a perfect opportunity for young people to encounter professional classical dance and a wonderful, traditional story, in a real theatrical experience.

As a key component of its Educational Outreach Program, the Asheville Ballet will perform its entire production for school children on Thursday, December 6, at 9:30 a.m. Children’s tickets are available for $5. The Asheville Ballet’s Nutcracker is a perfect opportunity for young people to encounter professional classical dance and a wonderful, traditional story, in a real theatrical experience.

 Asheville Ballet is one of Western North Carolina’s oldest non-profit arts organizations. First incorporated in 1963, the company has created and presented work in Asheville every year since. In an average season, formal and educational outreach programming affects a culturally diverse audience of approximately 23,000 people. An active advisory panel and a strong, well-organized volunteer base assist a committed board.

The Diana Wortham Theatre is located at 2 South Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Performances of The Nutracker run December 7 & 8 at 7:30 p.m. and December 8 and 9 at 2:30 p.m., with a daytime school show on December 6 at 9:30 a.m. Tickets range from $15 to $50, with group rates available in all sections.

For reservations call the box office at 828.257.4530. For group rates and school shows call Ann Dunn, Director, at 828.258.1028. For more information, visit online at dwtheatre.org.

 

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